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Hotel Sevilla , Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
Vintage Postcard of the Prado & Sevilla Hotel, Havana, Cuba
Old Postcard of the Prado & Sevilla Hotel
The Hotel Sevilla Swimming Pool (in 2014)
Hotel Sevilla Swimming Pool
The Pre-Revolution Hotel Sevilla owner was mobster Amleto Battisti (here with family)
Pre-1959 Sevilla owner Amleto Battisti (mobster!), & Family
1955 Chevrolet infront of the Sevilla Hotel (in 2009)
55 Chevrolet Out Front
Hotel Mercure Sevilla
Hotel Sevilla
Restaurant At Mercure Sevilla
Sevilla Restaurant
Courtyard At Sevilla Hotel
Sevilla Hotel Coutyard
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The Sevilla Biltmore, as it was known before the Revolution, was one of the establishments owned and run by Havana’s Mafia network. Santo Trafficante Junior had shares in it and the Cuban-Italian owner, Amletto Battisti, was the kingpin of the city’s lottery racket.

The Sevilla hotel has a rather curious layout but its public areas are very attractive. The prevailing decorative style is, as one might expect, Moorish-Andalusian, with a profusion of lustre-glazed cuerda seca tiles.

The lobby and courtyard bar are welcoming and the Hotel Mercure Sevilla is one of the only three hotels in the area with a pool (the other two are the Parque Central and the Saratoga).

The Sevilla Hotel is located just off the elegant Paseo del Prado, the public promenade which links Parque Central with the Malecon Ocean Drive, it is ideally placed for exploration of Havana’s historical centre.

The rooms are very satisfactory, but the very best part of the Mercure Sevilla, much frequented by those in the know, is its rooftop restaurant in what was once the hotel’s grand ballroom. It has wonderful views of the city and the sea, and if you can get a table next to one of the balconies you can revel in blissful ocean breezes on hot summer nights. The food is very good, owing, we assume, to the hotel’s French ownership.

Until about 2005 the hotel was known as Hotel Sofitel Sevilla.
© 2013 Nigel Hunt
Air conditioning
Bar
Boutiques
Busy street
Car rental desk
Conference halls & rooms
Disabled facilities
Elevators / lifts
Evening entertainment - cabarets
Fax
International cuisine
Internet on hotel's PCs
Laundry & Ironing Service
Lobby bar
Malecon max 5min walk
Mastercard & Visa (not USA bank issued) accepted
Money exchange
Nightclub nearby
Old building restored
Poolside snack bar
Private secure off-street parking
Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Restaurant
Safety - front desk safe deposit box
Safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs
Shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts
Shops max 2min walk
Snacks and drinks 24 hours a day
Swimming pool
Taxis desk
Telephone - national & international calls
Tours & tourist information desk
TV room/bar (international channels & videos)
Details of Standard Room  
Standard rooms at the Sevilla are delightful: light and spacious, with original Colonial furniture mixed with good replicas. The walls are rag-painted in sunny yellow, the curtains are bright and cheerful and the cool tiled floors a blessing to hot, weary sightseers’ feet. The clean, bright bathrooms are tiled in white and grey. There are excellent views over Havana from rooms on the higher floors.
© 2013 Nigel Hunt
Air conditioning
Baby's cot (on request)
Bathroom (ensuite)
Disabled facilities
Double bed
Hair-dryer
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
King size bed
Minibar / Fridge
Room service
Satellite TV
Telephone
Twin beds
Details of Standard Superior Room  
The Sevilla’s junior suites are a slight disappointment in terms of size, for although they have small sitting rooms separated from the bedrooms by a short corridor, the sizes of both sitting room and bedroom are fairly small. However the decorative style of both rooms and bathrooms is the same pretty combination of yellow and Provençal colours as that of standard rooms and there are some delightful touches of extra luxury such as the Empire style day beds upon which one feels virtually compelled to recline in a silk tunic, tossing one’s ringlets a la Meduse and requesting one’s partner to peel one another grape.
© 2013 Nigel Hunt
Air conditioning
Baby's cot (on request)
Bathroom (ensuite)
Double bed
Hair-dryer
Hot & cold water
In-room safe
King size bed
Minibar / Fridge
Room service
Satellite TV
Telephone
Twin beds
Guide to Old Havana
The heart and soul of Havana is the old town Habana Vieja, declared a Heritage of Mankind Site in 1982 by UNESCO. It was keen to preserve the beauty of its architecture and promote the historical importance of its role within the region.

The following are just some of the interesting places to visit: Plaza de Armas, centred around a statue of the patriot Cespedes and emcompassed by shaded marble benches and second-hand booksellers, is the first public square built in the city. Plaza de la Catedral is perhaps the most beautiful square in the Caribbean which is surrounded by examples of the finest baroque architecture in the country. El Templete, small neoclassical temple which marks the spot where the first Mass was said in 1519. Castillo de la Real Fuerza is one of the oldest forts in the Americas, it holds modern art exhibitions downstairs and the battlements afford good views over the harbour. Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the seat of government and governor's residence was transferred from the fort to the built. The presidential palace and then the municipal palace until Castro seized power it is now Museo de la Ciudad de la Habana. Museo de Arte Colonial, fine palace constructed in 1720, its yellow courtyard and little-altered architectural features are complemented by a large collection of 17th- and 18th-century furniture. Calle Obispo is Old Havana's most important and smartest thoroughfare, pedestrianized with missile heads as bollards.
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